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Observer does a lot right, but it’s hard to shake the fact that it all feels so familiar. It’s one part Blade Runner and another part Detroit: Become Human. Yes, we know Observer technically came out first, but this review is specific to the Switch version which released nearly a year after Detroit. With dated yet distinctive visuals, Observer is sure to suck people into the Dystopian world that Bloober Team created, but it won’t be for everyone.
The Switch may not have the power for a game as expansive as Observer, but even with its technical faults and the occasional gameplay misstep, it’s still an incredible experience. Whether it’s the morbid story, the disturbing atmosphere or the deeply involving detective gameplay, this is a genuinely brilliant horror-thriller that works its way under your skin and lingers long after you put the controller down.
Observer on the Switch brings back all the good aspects of the game and gives you more flexibility on how to play it with new touch inputs and, of course, the option to play it on the go. Observer also looks better in handheld mode, which provides even more reason to make full use of the console’s capabilities. However, it is still the same flawed game it was almost two years ago when it first released.
Even with its many flaws, the superb voice acting and serviceable story were still an entertaining playthrough. A linear horror-mystery thriller is a bit niche, but if that’s what you’re into, Observer is a title still worth picking up. If nothing else, it gives us a glimpse of what the Switch is capable of, and it will hopefully be the beginning of a trend of pushing the handheld to its limits.
Observer could have been more. It has style and exceptional art direction, a creative premise but flaccid and unimaginative gameplay. Maybe this comes with the territory when it comes to walking-sims or first-person adventure games, but there really is no excuse for the lack of imagination because much older games have found ways to keep things fresh while adventuring.
Bloober Team's Observer is still a solid experience, as it was when it first released. There are some frame-rate issues, some minor bugs and a less-than incredible, abrupt ending to the story but the general narrative up until that point, the Blade Runner-inspired visuals (and Blade Runner actor Rutger Hauer as the main voice actor for the game) and the interesting gameplay keeps the player interested, for the most part.
The Switch is undoubtedly the worst format to play it on, but Observer is a highly impressive mix of thoughtful science fiction and thrilling survival horror. It’s a shame that the voice-acting has such a negative effect on the game, but this is a clear step up from the team’s previous work and well worth playing – rather than just observing on YouTube.
Despite threatening to fizzle under the weight of its reverence for Blade Runner, Observer manages to craft an impressive and affecting horror experience on Switch that doesn’t outstay its welcome. It’s arguably at its best when you surrender to the barrage of imagery and sounds rather than scanning pools of blood with detective vision.
Ultimately, Observer excels at world building and gameplay variety, keeping the player busy with a list of things to do. It’s also supported by a mostly strong story that’s a love letter to cyberpunk and Blade Runner. However, the game’s graphics and obtuse puzzles hold it back from being a truly outstanding game. Graphics aside, Observer is a harrowing and thoughtful experience for its price tag.
Obwohl man auf Switch gewisse Abstriche in Sachen Technik in Kauf nehmen muss, ist dem Bloober Team erneut eine ordentliche Umsetzung gelungen, die auf Nintendos Konsole sogar um exklusive Funktionen wie Bewegungssteuerung oder Touchscreen-Einbindung erweitert wurde.
Observer reste le jeu de l'angoisse que tout amateur du genre se doit de posséder. Il est aussi important à noter que le titre pesant 18 Go, il est possible que vous deviez faire de la place avant de pouvoir le télécharger si vous n'avez pas une carte SD conséquente.
Observer si conferma anche su Nintendo Switch un titolo inquietante e suggestivo, dotato di un comparto narrativo efficace e di una grande atmosfera. Le indagini di Daniel Lazarski si svolgono in maniera lineare, attraverso la risoluzione di enigmi di vario genere, e la varietà di queste situazioni riesce a tenere vivo l'interesse, anche e soprattutto quando il pericolo diventa concreto e una mossa falsa può tradursi nel game over.